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BAnna
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 Message 241 of 295
05 February 2015 at 10:03pm | IP Logged 
Ich gratuliere dir! Sie sollten ein Kinderspiel sein ;)
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patrickwilken
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 Message 242 of 295
06 February 2015 at 10:36am | IP Logged 
BAnna wrote:
Ich gratuliere dir! Sie sollten ein Kinderspiel sein ;)


Danke! It certainly seems to be getting easier. Since the start of the year I have been reading extensively.

How is your German going?
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BAnna
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 Message 243 of 295
06 February 2015 at 10:34pm | IP Logged 
OK, still doing the usual: reading a lot, regular skyping, and watching mediocre German TV programs now and then. Went on a business trip to Switzerland and got in a bit of practice. Still not doing any writing, though...

Great to see your progress. Get in as much content as you can now before the baby comes.
Cheers.
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patrickwilken
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 Message 244 of 295
09 February 2015 at 2:56pm | IP Logged 
BAnna wrote:
OK, still doing the usual: reading a lot, regular skyping, and watching mediocre German TV programs now and then. Went on a business trip to Switzerland and got in a bit of practice. Still not doing any writing, though...


Good to see you are getting regular speaking as well as reading/listening. Sorry that you can't get better programs. That really is one of the big big advantages of living in Germany. It's a shame that electronic copyright laws are so backward.

How did you find Swiss German? My wife, when she was a student, worked in a call center, and would get callers from across the German speaking world. The Swiss were always very polite, but she had a lot of trouble understanding them, even after they switched to Hochdeutsch.
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patrickwilken
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 Message 245 of 295
09 February 2015 at 2:58pm | IP Logged 
In a fit of madness I signed up for a 50-book challenge for 2015 on Goodreads: 50 book challenge.

I'll probably throw a few English language books into the mix, but the bulk should be in German. Fingers crossed. I really like the idea of burning through a book a week.

Edited by patrickwilken on 09 February 2015 at 2:59pm

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patrickwilken
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 Message 246 of 295
06 March 2015 at 1:16pm | IP Logged 
February 2015

In February I read 1783 pages and watched 33 movies.

A couple of big changes this month. I have fallen off the wagon with Anki. I was hoping to really use it to build up my passive vocabulary this year, but after a couple of months of enjoyable use, I developed a an increasing aversion to using it and after a week of missing training stopped altogether. On the positive side, I have started to read much more and find (at least for simpler books) that I can read quite comfortably without a dictionary.

I am finding my spoken German somewhat frustrating at the moment. I understand what people are saying, but have difficulty expressing myself clearly. Hopefully this will gradually improve over the course of the year.






Books

55. Die Flusswelt der Zeit. Philip José Farmer. 351 Seiten. Ebook. 7/10.

54. Tod einer roten Heldin. Qiu Xiaolong. 464 Seiten. Ebook. Fascinating portrait of Chinese society a year after the events of Tiananmen Square by way of a young police inspector who who likes to quote Tang Dynasty poetry. 8/10.

53. Driver. James Sallis. 158 Seiten. Ebook. Some vocabulary I didn't know, but still straightforward. Quite different from the Movie (Drive); I would say in general better. 8/10.

52. Der weisse Tiger. Aravind Adiga. 320 Seiten. Ebook. Good easy read - great critical look at the rich and poor of India (and the World?). 9/10.

51. Sputnik Sweetheart. Haruki Murakami. 215 Seiten. Pbook - read without dictionary. 6/10.

50. Der Spion, der aus der Kälte kam. John le Carré. 255 Seiten. Ebook. 8/10.


Movies

815. Inherent Vice (2015). Kino. I had a lot of trouble understanding this, which was partly, but not fully due to the plot. 7/10.

814. Der Mann, der über Autos sprang (2010). Mubi. Nice vibe. 7/10.

808-813. Doctor Who - Season 8 - 12 Episodes (2014). Netflix. 5/10.

807. Pulp Fiction (1994). Netflix. 9/10.

806. Schwedisch für Fortgeschrittene (Heartbreak Hotel - 2006). Mubi. 3/10.

805. Liebe um jeden Preis (Hors de prix - 2006). Mubi. 6/10.

794-804. Arrow - Season 1 - 23 Episodes. Netflix. 8/10.

793. You Kill Me (2007). Mubi. 6/10.

792. Wuthering Heights (2011). Mubi. 6/10.

791. Mission Impossible 3 (2006). Netflix. 5/10.

790. Wrong (2012). Mubi. 6/10.

789. Der Riss (La Rupture - 1970). Mubi. 6/10.

785-788. Dracula (2013) - Season 1 - 10 Episodes. Netflix, 7/10.

784. The Congress (2013). Netflix. 4/10.

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patrickwilken
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 Message 247 of 295
01 April 2015 at 12:01pm | IP Logged 
March 2015

In March I read 0 pages (!) and watched 26 films.

March was a very quiet time for German learning for me. I am continuing to watch German TV/movies, but reading-wise I didn't open a German novel this month. I have been slowly reading my first English language book in ages, Naomi Klein's 'This Changes Everything', but even this relatively slowly as I am getting distracted by the upcoming birth of my daughter (any time now!!). Looking back over my progress over the last few years, Feburary/March always seems like the slowest period for me. There are probably various reasons for this, but the slow-down this time seems in part due to me wanting a bit of a break after a pretty intensive level of German immersion over the last eight months after I learnt of my wife's pregnancy. I need to get back into German reading soon, but I am not too worried if I take a bit of a break over the next month or two.

I can recommend the new German film 'Als wir träumten', which chronicals the lives a group of boys in Leipzig immediately before and after the events of 1989. Gritty and depressing, and one of the best German films I have seen in last few years.





Books

None!

Movies

841. Four Brothers (2005). Netflix. 7/10.

840. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). 3€. Netflix. 7/10

839. Buffalo '66 (1998). Mubi. 8/10.

825-838. Fringe (2008) - Season 1 - 22 Episodes. 7/10.

824. Shooter (2007). Netflix. 6/10.

823. Als wir träumten (2015). 8€. Kino. 8/10

822. Trading Places (1983). Netflix. 7/10.

821. All Beauty Must Die (2010). Netflix. 5/10.

820. Deja Vu (2006). Netflix. 6/10.

819. Predestination (2014). 3€. Amazon Prime. 7/10.

818. Hansel and Gretel (2014). Netflix. 6/10.

817. Birdman (2014). 8€.Kino. 8/10.

816. Lucy (2014). 3€. Amazon Prime. 5/10.

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Lundrum
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 Message 248 of 295
01 April 2015 at 9:01pm | IP Logged 
Wow, your log is inspiring! How would you say your German is now? B2? C1? Higher? Would you
say you can understand most of what you read and listen to?


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